Since the Bradley Review (2008) and WIL Report (2009) much has been made of the need to increase the quantity of WIL opportunities for students across Australian higher education.  Many institutions have subsequently set strategic targets of 100% student engagement in WIL.  However, limited consideration has been given to the quality assurance of these experiences and the institutional requirements to support quality outcomes.  This webinar will support a discussion of quality assurance in WIL through consideration of the outcomes of a recent research project, supported by an ACEN Research Grant, which has developed a quality assurance framework for WIL in Australian higher education. 

 The webinar will explore concepts of quality elicited from a series  of research interviews across the project, connecting these with the standards of the framework, and consider the outcomes from the use of the framework as a tool for benchmarking WIL practice across different levels of an institution.

 In a timely discussion, given the current focus on the Commonwealth Government on ‘job ready graduates’,  participants will be able to engage with the proposed framework as an approach to assuring quality in WIL, and give consideration to benchmarking and assuring practice within their own institutions.

Date: Thursday 10 September 2020

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm AEST

Presenter Bios

Matthew Campbell

Matthew Campbell

Project Lead

Matthew has a diverse background in education, having taught and researched in areas of criminology, physics and science education, workplace learning, adult education, sociology, leadership and ethics.  Most recently he was the Principal Research Officer at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority where he led research and evaluation in support of the proposed changes to senior curriculum and assessment across Queensland from 2019. He is formerly a member of the Griffith Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) where he held the position of Lecturer (Work Integrated Learning).  Matthew is a former executive member of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and the New Zealand Association of Cooperative Education (NZACE), and is a long-term member of the International Society for Cultural-historical Activity Research (ISCAR), and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Work Integrated Learning. His most recent research has focused on the development of critical moral agency through work integrated learning, improving accessibility to WIL experiences, and evaluation and quality in work integrated learning.

Leoni Russell

Leoni Russell

Project co-lead

Leoni is a Senior Educational Advisor within Careers and Employment at RMIT. Her multi-sector experience includes teaching, policy and curriculum development, managing teaching and learning projects and resource development. She provides academic educational support to build staff capability across a range of educational strategies including WIL. Leoni facilitates a collaborative WIL Community of Practice and supports a range of professional development activities. In her previous role at Victoria University, she played a leadership role in the university-wide strategic initiative to make WIL a key feature of all courses, and she developed and implemented policy and supporting procedures to assist staff and students in their WIL initiatives and was a team member on the OLT project “Assessing the impact of WIL on student work-readiness“.

Emeritus Professor Lindy McAllister

Emeritus Professor Lindy McAllister

Project co-lead

Lindy McAllister is Professor Emeritus of Work Integrated Learning in the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Unit of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Prof McAllister is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in preparing graduates for professional practice in speech pathology. She was made a Life Member of speech Pathology Australia for services to higher education. She has undertaken research, and curriculum development and review work with a range of allied health disciplines and in medicine. Prof McAllister has five internationally published books, more than 70 peer reviewed journal articles, more than 30 book chapters, and 14 published peer-reviewed conference proceedings on topics related to preparation for practice and clinical education.

Professor Lorraine Smith

Professor Lorraine Smith

Project partner

Professor Lorraine Smith is a Registered Psychologist, has a PhD in student motivation and achievement. Her research interests centre around the motivational approaches students take to their learning and how this influences the quality of their learning and academic performance. Lorraine is Academic Lead for the Office of Clinical Education Support at the University of Sydney and was co-investigator on a project developing measures of student clinical placement quality to improve student learning experiences.

Dr Kate Thomson

Dr Kate Thomson

Project partner

Kate Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney. Her research centres on the professional development of students and university teachers (academics and clinical educators) in higher education. She has been part of teams that have earned over $190,000 in grants, including two national competitive grants from the Office for Learning and Teaching, one where she was lead. She has experience developing indicators of teaching quality at the national level and managing a student surveys system at the institutional level. She has co-led revisions to existing University surveys and the design and implementation of new quality measures in response to faculty, institutional, and government quality assurance agendas.

Dr Ricky Tunny

Dr Ricky Tunny

Project partner

Dr. Tunny is a graduate from the University of Queensland, completing his PhD in 2007. He has more than 15 years’ experience working in the higher education sector, with a number of years in management and leadership positions in the area of work-integrated learning, including Manager, Work Integrated Learning within the Faculty of Health and Senior Lecturer, Work Integrated Learning at QUT. Dr. Tunny has expertise in the area of policy and procedure development in work integrated learning. Dr. Tunny is also the President of the National Association of Field Experience Administrators (NAFEA) and Deputy Chair of the Queensland State Chapter of ACEN.